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Insight: SFO Crash Update / Health Insurance Marketplaces / "Tea Party Teddy" / Rice Fields

Published July 8, 2013

SFO Crash Update - As more details emerge about the Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, killing two people, authorities are piecing together the cause of the disaster. We'll speak with Ron Hess, a UC Davis professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, who is an expert on the type of airliner that crashed at SFO to see how pilot error and/or mechanical error could have attributed to the wreck.

Health Insurance Marketplaces - In just under three months California and Nevada plan to have statewide health-insurance marketplaces open for the general public. These marketplaces, known as health-benefit exchanges, are key parts of the Affordable Care Act and will provide insurance seekers with a place to compare rates and plans while shopping for coverage. Nevada and California have both opted to run their own exchanges, although the two states have taken different tactics in implementing the marketplaces. Capital Public Radio's Healthcare Reporter Pauline Bartolone recently sat down with the directors of California and Nevada's health-benefit exchanges to talk about their respective plans. She joins us with audio from her interview and analysis of the two state's different approaches to expanding healthcare.

"Tea Party Teddy" - The satirical novel "Tea Party Teddy" depicts a scandal in California's State Capitol by alluding to a several real-life incidents. Dianne Harman's new book can get readers thinking about how politicians make decisions and where they pick up money along the campaign trail. We'll talk with Harman, who is also the wife of former GOP State Senator Tom Harman, and her husband about the book.

Rice Fields - When you fly into the Sacramento International Airport, it's hard not to notice the patch-work quilt of rice fields doting the area. Today on Insight, Beth travels to Dewitt Farms to tour the fields and learn more about how rice farmes are using their land as bird habitat


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